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'Hocus Pocus 2' conjures a new witches' brew
Disney regularly wrings inordinate mileage out of nostalgia, which can easily obscure when the source wasn't quite as worthy of praise as we like to remember. "Hocus Pocus 2" should benefit from that dynamic, delivering a breezy sequel -- 29 years later -- that should provide go-down-easy Halloween viewing for families in the less-demanding confines of Disney+.

Coolio, 'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper, dead at 59
Coolio, the '90s rapper who lit up the music charts with hits like "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage," has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey, told CNN. He was 59.

Khloe Kardashian turned down Tristan Thompson's proposal
More has been revealed about Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's former relationship.

Katie Couric reveals she was diagnosed with breast cancer
Veteran journalist Katie Couric reported some personal news on Wednesday.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz says viral meme made her 'super self-conscious' about her body
Chloƫ Grace Moretz is opening up about how fame and social media caused her to "basically" become a "recluse."

Danielle Pinnock went from spoofing Hollywood to starring in one of its hottest comedies
Danielle Pinnock can thank her mother's wig for helping her get the role of a lifetime.

Ana de Armas' fearless performance deserves a better movie than 'Blonde'
The gap between a star performance and the movie containing it has seldom been wider than in "Blonde," which features Ana de Armas stunningly capturing the look and essence of Marilyn Monroe in the service of a film that's pretentious, heavy handed and lengthy to the point of exhaustion. Netflix will surely get its money's worth attention-wise thanks in part to its restrictive NC-17 rating, but the film's merits burn out long before its credits ever roll.

Lizzo played James Madison's 200-year-old crystal flute at her Washington, DC concert
Ever the pioneeer, Lizzo crossed off another first during the Washington, DC stop of her tour -- playing an approximately 200-year-old crystal flute that belonged to a former US president.

The Grammys are considering adding an Afrobeats category
Afrobeats -- the pulsating, fusion sound coming out of West Africa and the diaspora -- has been on the rise globally for the better part of a decade. In recent years, the genre has gained a foothold in Western pop culture, and the Grammys are taking notice.

How Netflix turned Jeffrey Dahmer into its 'star' of the month
Netflix will showcase plenty of big-name stars in the weeks ahead as the streaming service begins its buildup toward awards season. But its current leading man, its MVP for the month, is Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer who died in 1994.

Steve-O from 'Jackass' talks about his craziest stunt yet: Self-help author
It's not that Steve-O wants to die. He just doesn't want to grow old either.

LAPD identifies suspect in fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock and arrests 2 others
The Los Angeles Police Department identified a suspect and arrested two other people in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock earlier this month.

'Chicago Med' star Marlyne Barrett diagnosed with cancer
"Chicago Med" star Marlyne Barrett is opening up about her battle with uterine and ovarian cancer.

Tom Hanks set to release debut novel next year
Tom Hanks is releasing a novel.

Hailey Bieber puts to rest suggestions she 'stole' Justin Bieber from Selena Gomez
Hailey Bieber is addressing a suggestions that has long had some of her husband's fans upset.

Hugh Jackman to reprise Wolverine role in next 'Deadpool' film
Ryan Reynolds just broke some Hugh-ge news in the movie world.

'Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga' presents the David-vs.-Goliath battle that roiled Wall Street
The best part of "Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga" is that it manages to tell a complicated financial story with a fair amount of humor and context, in a way that doesn't demonize the various parties, which doesn't spare them from various levels of mockery. The result is a Netflix docuseries that, despite a few excesses, exposes the more ridiculous aspects of stock trading and where all that paper can come to resemble a house of cards.

The Try Guys announce Ned Fulmer is no longer part of the group
The Try Guys are going to try being a trio.

'Hostages' covers the Iran Hostage Crisis from all angles, including then to now
"Hostages" tells several major stories in one, from the history of US intervention in the Middle East to the Iranian hostage crisis' impact on presidential politics to that period's influence on media, launching "Nightline" as a byproduct. The result is a highly resonant trip down bad-memory lane, highlighting how those ripples remain evident 40-plus years later.

Marvel's Kevin Feige says it was 'much too soon' to recast Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa in 'Black Panther' sequel
There's a reason why Chadwick Boseman's character in the "Black Panther" sequel was not recast following his death in 2020.

Maroon 5 announces Las Vegas residency
Adam Levine is back in the news, but this time for professional reasons.

KiKi Layne says she and 'Don't Worry Darling' co-star were cut from 'most of the movie'
KiKi Layne may not appear much in "Don't Worry Darling," but the actress says the experience wasn't a total bust.

Pedro Pascal shows his survival skills in intense new trailer for 'The Last Of Us'
Pedro Pascal looks like he's having a rough time in the first trailer for "The Last Of Us," a new series based on the video game of the same name.

Hayden Panettiere appears on 'Red Table Talk' and opens up about 'heartbreaking' decision to relinquish custody of her daughter
Hayden Panettiere is sharing more about the custody arrangement of her only child.

What Christina Ricci really thinks about her 'Yellowjackets' character Misty
Christina Ricci will be the first to tell you she doesn't like her terrifying "Yellowjackets" character Misty Quigley.

Megan Thee Stallion creates website for fans that lists mental health resources
Megan Thee Stallion cares about your mental health.

'Confess, Fletch' lets Jon Hamm show off his lighter side without Chase-ing the past
Jon Hamm hasn't found many roles to rival his breakthrough "Mad Men" part, and "Confess, Fletch" certainly doesn't either. Yet this refreshed version of the smart-alecky character Chevy Chase played in the 1980s has a certain breezy charm, not worthy of rushing to a theater but hardly a waste of one's digital-viewing time.

'The Woman King' builds an action spectacle around its true story of female warriors
Although "inspired by true events," "The Woman King" clearly isn't tethered to them, using the underlying story of 19th-century female warriors in an African kingdom as the jumping-off point for a rousing action vehicle, augmented by plenty of melodrama. That combination yields a strong showcase for the stars, featuring a cast and backdrop that serves to refresh its old-school formula.

'Andor' revives Diego Luna's character in 'Rogue One' prequel
A prequel to a prequel, "Andor" brings a gritty tone and look to the "Star Wars" universe, as much the washed-out landscape of "Blade Runner" as George Lucas' far-away galaxy. Yet whatever promise that entails is mostly lost in flabby storytelling, essentially stretching what would have been a 10-minute movie prologue over the first three episodes.

'The Crown' gets a new queen
While production of Season 6 of "The Crown" was briefly paused after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Season 5 is still on track to start November 9.

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Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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Puppy vs. polar cub for cuteness title